Cryptologic Systems Operator



About the Job Interested in entering the world of Intelligence? What do Cryptologic Systems Sailors actually do? Cryptologic Systems (CTS) sailors are a specialist stream within the Cryptologic sailor workforce. Prior to your specialisation you will commence your career as a Cryptologic Operator (CTO) as a Navy Sailor who works in major fleet units, Fleet Headquarters or strategic headquarters environments. CTO sailors support the Navy’s intelligence mission at sea or ashore, and in support of classified Government intelligence programs, from tactical to strategic operations at the basic level.

Once you have consolidated these skills you will move to your specialisation stream of Systems. Cryptologic Systems (CTS) sailors are intelligence personnel who perform classified core and specialist tasks across the strategic, operational and tactical levels both at sea and ashore. Their broad role includes specialist skills in various forms of intelligence that provide support to Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities.

Cryptologic Systems Sailors are warfighters involved in the operation of state-of-the-art technology including highly technical specialist and analysis equipment and computer based software. The Cryptologic Systems specialisation includes the analysis of communications and other signal transmissions to help inform military strategy and gain tactical advantage through the complex analysis of signal characteristics. They specialise in Technical Signals (Techsig) Analysis, which is the analysis of machine-generated communications.

In other words, they use sophisticated state of the art search receivers and other specialised equipment to intercept, record, analyse and disseminate technical parameters and other intelligence of signal transmissions. Some of the duties that a Cryptologic Systems Sailor may perform include: Prepare and present intelligence briefs, conduct briefs, provide advice to ship’s company and commanders Manually tuning or programming radio receivers and manipulating automated systems to prosecute known or unknown frequencies within the radio frequency spectrum Searching, identifying, analysing and reporting on transmissions of interest Utilising state of the art high-tech equipment to record selected or unknown transmissions, to enable in-depth analysis of these signals At sea conduct initial real-time (tactical), as well as post intercept in-depth analysis of communications utilising sophisticated equipment in conjunction with a maths and physics based analytical process Provide tactical indication of possible threats to warships or units being supported, in addition to producing technical reports and summaries on transmissions of interest Operate other specific systems as required to support Intelligence tasking and reporting requirements All CTS Sailors will receive training in: Communications theory, including radio wave propagation Operation of acquisition, recording, and processing.

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5 Dec 2019


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